The reopening of the Michelozzo Library, San Marco Museum

The Michelozzo Library has just been reopened following emergency restorations to the flooring of the library. In late 2014 the bricks from the flooring had risen unexpectedly and thus created an uneven surface.

Michelozzo Library, San Marco Museum

Michelozzo Library, San Marco Museum

The Michelozzo Library is currently an integral part of the San Marco Museum. Cosimo de’ Medici commissioned Michelozzo di Bartolomeo Michelozzi to build the library in the 15th century. There is historical significance behind this library as it was the first “public” library in all of Florence. It was designed as an open, airy and calm place to study, accessible to educated men (so not a completely wide public). The collection includes Cosimo and Lorenzo de’ Medici’s collections of manuscripts from famous Italian humanist Niccolo Niccoli. The books are in multiple languages which include Italian, Greek and Latin.

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